Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Beside myself

Two recent selfies. I leave it to you to decide if I look like Bryan Cranston or Chuck Norris (as has been suggested...)

 


Sunday, March 15, 2015

"Art Mirrors Man"

That's a sort of translation of Art Spiegelman's name. What this dashed-off cartoon of mine is a reflection on, I'm not sure, but it's a true account (as I recall it...) of an incident from Spiegelman's visit to the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit a couple years back. I was inspired to draw it and leave it at a comment table at the Art Gallery of Ontario after we saw Spiegelman's "Co-Mix" retrospective there.

Monday, March 09, 2015

Tea for two

I was really happy with how this cellphone shot of Sophia, relaxing after tea and sweets during a recent trip to the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto, turned out, so here it is.


Sunday, February 15, 2015

Hatchback 9


I designed the poster for this year's juried exhibit at Hatch Art, the Hamtramck arts collective. Show's in April, deadline for entries is March 3, 2015.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

"There is grandeur in this view of life"


In celebration of Darwin Day, here are a few drawings done at recent visits to the University of Michigan's Museum of Natural History in Ann Arbor.



Saturday, February 07, 2015

We Drain Snakes


Before the holidays, I made some stenciled art objects based on disembodied punchlines, brainfarts, and sentence fragments scribbled in my notebooks. They were a break from my usual drawing habits, and something I could do quickly while I watched movies on Netflix. I'm not even sure what they are or what I'll do with them, but I had fun making them. If you want to take a look at all 25 of them, they have their own site now. Click here if you'd like to take a look.


Thursday, January 22, 2015

Judith Again...

Sorry if you've seen this before, old-timers, but I'm reposting my "Judith" silkscreened mini-comic so it'll be easier to scroll thru when I link to it on Facebook for the "5 Day Art Challenge" meme that's going around. It'll be nicer this time, easier to read, trust me.














For the uninitiated, here's what I said in '06 when I first posted this:

"I first created this mini-comic version of the story of the apocryphal/Biblical heroine Judith a few years ago using the Print Gocco screenprinter. I printed 150 copies or so and hand-stitched the binding.

Judith was a favorite subject of 17th century painter Artemisia Gentileschi, whose Judiths, unlike those of her male contemporaries, actually looked capable of and predisposed to sawing a man's head off his shoulders. One of Artemisia's masterpieces is here in the Detroit Institute of Arts, a suspensful post-beheading Judith scene."

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Puckish humor


The photo of this impromptu "art installation" I made at Cafe 1923 was such a hit on Facebook I decided to post it here, what the heck.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Detroit is never having to say you're sorry


Happy New Year, TMWJ fans. The first entry for 2015 is actually old news, but over on the Metro Times blog they've posted the brochure boosting the Motor City that I illustrated last year for the Detroit Bus Co., called "We're Not Sorry." If you didn't come across a hard copy while out and about town, now you can take a peek!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Year-end clearance

It's been too long since I posted anything, so before 2014 is officially over with, here's some miscellaneous stuff out of a few of this year's sketchbooks, created either while strolling the DIA, at live musical shows, or at Dr. Sketchy. See you in '15!







Friday, October 10, 2014

Art in the 'hood

Tomorrow is the Hamtramck Neighborhood Arts Festival, when galleries and studios all over town are open to the public, showing art and hosting performances. Several local creative types of all ages have been helping out by making dozens of different posters for the event. Here's my version. Come on out and have a look! (Here's a link to a town map and schedule of events.)

Sunday, September 07, 2014

Get it? "Comb Improvement"??

No longer content to circulate my stuff only around the tri-county area, I've moved into Washtenaw County now with this illustration for the cover of the Ann Arbor Current, featuring a story on the local honeybee festival.


Friday, August 29, 2014

Lens On The City

In an attempt to develop my photography chops a little, I enrolled in the "Lens On The City" program sponsored by the Detroit Opera House this week. I could still benefit from more "how-to" technical tutoring, but it was a great opportunity to explore, with a guide and group, some corners of the city that even a long-time resident like me might not get to see very often: backstage at the Opera Theater, the roof of the  Park Shelton, the the Mies Van Der Rohe-designed Lafayette Park developments, the conference center and reflecting pool at Wayne State designed by Minoru Yamasaki, and more. Here's some of my faves from the two days of shooting we did.


Tony Smith's "Gracehoper" from the Park Shelton roof.






The still-new-ish Hellenic Museum is a work in progress but full of interesting stuff (at least to someone who married into a Greek family. There's a photo of my in-laws there). 




From the dolls-of-the-world collection at the International Institute.




Lafayette Park. Maybe the second photo can stand for the double-edged nature of the project - a beautiful and unique (if only semi-realized) mid-century modern planned community, but built on the bulldozed spot where the vibrant (and dilapidated) black neighborhood/jazz hotspot Black Bottom once stood.



Costuming room at the Opera House.






The Yamasaki reflecting pool near the conference center and art building at Wayne State University, recently renovated. It sat dry and neglected the whole time I attended the school in the late '80s-early '90s.

Monday, August 04, 2014

High Infidelity Part 2



So I've already submitted one fake record design to the Last Record Shop exhibit at Public Pool gallery in Hamtramck, but I found time to do one more, a loving homage/tongue-in-cheek parody of the late '80s 4AD records I love (This Mortal Coil, Cocteau Twins, and the Lonely Is An Eyesore compilation, mainly). I got nothin' on legendary record sleeve designer Vaughan Oliver, but hopefully this is close enough for rock 'n' roll - or phony shoegaze/etherpop, in this case. (Cover photo of Miss Holly Hock by Jonathan Satterfield.) The Last Record Shop will be open from September 7 to October 18, 2014!


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

At the movies

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"Death Race (2008)" vs. "Death Race 2000 (1975)"

When I was at Metro Times, I started up a practice of using drawings, rather than publicity photos, to illustrate the lead movie review. I drew a lot of them myself, and many were contributed by a few other illustrators. Bad movies were usually better subjects than good ones - I could poke fun at the dogs - but it was also cool to try to boil a great film down to its essence in a quick sketch. Some of mine weren't that great, but here are a few that I still like.

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"Air Guitar Nation" (2006)

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"The Omen" (2006)

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"High Noon" (1952)

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"Kinsey" (2004)

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"Rocky Balboa" (2006)

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"Pandora's Box" (1929)

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"Dr. Strangelove" (1964)